Kane unloads great Twitter rant

- June 6th, 2013

Winnipeg Jets left-winger Evander Kane was innocently Tweeting about Game 1 of the NBA Final between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs on Thursday night before really catching the attention of cyberspace.

Kane is no stranger to centre stage and he found himself there once again when he unleashed a stream of five hockey tweets that caught the attention of fans and media members alike.

Here’s the play-by-play from @EKane9Jets (go to No 5 and work your way back please):

  1. Goodnight tweeps.

  2. It really pisses me off and I’m done with these kind of results. It’s time to start winning and it’s starting now.

  3. I’m sick of sitting here at this time of the year not having a chance to win, not scoring goals, not winning games and not winning rounds.

  4. So I don’t care! Next year will be a different story! You can count on that.

  5. For everyone asking why I don’t care to watch or talk about the NHL playoffs. I’m not playing in them, I can’t win this year, CONT:

Naturally, when Kane opens his mouth — or in this case, his thoughts on social media — there was a firestorm of reaction.

And wouldn’t you know it, some of the conspiracy theorists were interpreting Kane’s thoughts as suggesting Kane was somehow asking for a trade.

I don’t see it that way, not one bit.

In fact, in case you forgot, Jets RW Blake Wheeler expressed similar thoughts in an interview with columnist Paul Friesen last spring. And Wheeler reiterated those concerns after the Jets were eliminated from playoff contention during the lockout-shortened season.

Kane’s frustration is obvious and this isn’t the first time he’s expressed his thoughts about failing to qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs either.

He’s a guy that won a lot on the way to the NHL, but has failed to get to the post-season party during his four NHL seasons with the Winnipeg Jets and Atlanta Thrashers.

Kane is driven to improve as a player and he wants to win.

For all of the negativity that seemed to dog him during his first season with the Jets and during the lockout after the Floyd Money Mayweather Cash Phone Tweet, I saw maturity and growth from Kane this season.

And not just on the ice, where he had another solid season, despite watching frequent linemates Olli Jokinen and Kyle Wellwood suffer through funks.

Kane was more engaging with the media during the season and more available this season.

It looked to me like he was trying to take more responsibility and trying to grow into the role as one of the leaders on the team.

He’s not ready to wear a letter next season, but he’s progressing nonetheless.

There are more steps to be taken, but to me, expressing some anger about not participating in playoff games at this point of the season is something to be celebrated, not a situation that requires an ounce of worry.

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7 comments

  1. Jarrett Oneschuk says:

    Does the Sun just follow EK’s tweets all day waiting for him to say something that the writer can spin in a negative way? I’m glad he’s pissed at not making the playoffs….maybe he will play even better than he did last year and get us over the line.

    Everytime we have a legitimate star in our hands (Jets/Bombers), we crap all over them until they want to leave our city. (ie Dale Hawerchuk to mention one). Its not our city that prevents good free agents to sign here…its the media.

  2. Glen Urb says:

    I will call Evander a Wambulance……this is serious and he needs to be rushed to a rink ASAP.

  3. Finns says:

    Kane will never get a C or an A on his jersey But he could get a great big L

  4. disturber says:

    I agree with the article.
    It sounds to me that Kane is ready to take his teammates to task next season if they don’t perform. Good on him! I think the brass should be worried too if they don’t make any obvious moves to help the club win ‘now’ and not just continue to ‘build’. I would have to assume that like any athlete with any sense of self-worth and esteem, at some point he’ll want to move to another team that shares his fire. Can’t say I’d blame him. I know my solution will be to spend my $1000+ per year currently being spent on the local pro hockey team on something else… *shrug*

  5. La Salle hockey guy says:

    This from the guy that was flat all season. That was his rant? He has his typical play. Rush the net, rarely pass, not score and retreat. If he could use his skill to make plays and produce maybe the Jets would have made the playoffs. The difference between him ranting and me is he can do something about it. I just pay to watch them not make the playoffs in the stands.

    Have to go. I hear the money phone ringing.

  6. Charlie says:

    The only Kane the will be raising the Stanley Cup is Patrick Kane…

  7. Charlie says:

    he will be upset again next year when he does not make the playoffs again.get used to it Kane.

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